When I started this blog the intention was to share the experience of commuting to work on a motorcycle. I've hoped to inspire more to join us in using bikes as a better alternative to a cage. From my viewpoint, it seems the most natural thing in the world. I literally grew up astride a bike of one sort of another.
Grandpa always bragged that he had me riding a horse before I could even walk. Almost anywhere there was room for horses, there was room for dirt bikes. I was blessed in that Grandpa didn't overly fuss over me. He held me to a moral code but wasn't one of those over-protective parents. So I got to spend a lot of time doing what boys do. Of course, I played rough and have the broken bones and scars to prove it.
Interestingly, I rode dirt bikes for a long time before I even explored a bicycle. They just didn't figure into my world. I still see young boys on their bicycles pretending to be riding motorcycles. I was spoiled in that I started on the real thing early on.
Riding has been a natural part of me for as long as I remember. The saddle of a bike is as familiar as my own bed. It feels like home. When I'm on a bike I feel like I'm exactly where I belong. That's the feelings I've tried to share in this blog. All the good things that come from riding. Sometimes there's negative things that happen, but even these help build the positive.
Teaching riders has also become a natural part of my life. I've been doing it for a little over 18 years now. I first took an Experienced Rider Course in 1987. It opened my eyes to a whole new treasure chest. Imagine actually understanding the right things to do and making them work for my betterment as a rider. I was moved to start sharing this same type of experience with other riders. From beginners to professionals who ride for a living, I've enjoyed giving them new skills and awareness. My hope is that I've saved lives and, more importantly, improved the quality of these rider's lives.
Understandably, some of this "Instructor" thing creeps into this blog. I've tried to slip in some riding tips and discussions on skill development. Folks are usually quiet about these posts. Not much feedback comes in one way or the other.
Is this something that interests the readers? Do you all just like to hear amusing stories and musings? Is there an interest in having some riding skill discussions once in a while? I still pretty much do what I please as this is my blog. On the other hand, I'd like it to be of benefit to those who take time to read it. Let me know.
Miles and smiles,